The power and beauty of a pipe organ raises our spirits, lifts our minds and hearts, and inspires our lives. The unleashing of the full spectrum of an organ's power can move us to tears, console our grief, and enhance our joy. It has been said that no other form of music acts so powerfully as an instrument of both meditation and celebration.
When St. Albert Chapel, located on the Motherhouse grounds, was dedicated in 1965, a new pipe organ was installed. What is phenomenal about our organ is that it has had minimal reconstruction or tuning since it was built. However many decades of wear and tear is threatening its future. At times it has stopped playing during services, some pipes are not functioning, and some are in drastic need of cleaning and tuning. In order to continue to bring future generations the best of sacred music, we need to invest in repairing the 52 year old organ.
The Sisters see the value of this endeavor and have begun the process of making preliminary repairs; however, we are in need of financial support to complete this project. The proposed upgrading of the pipe organ, which will replace the failing system and offer new flexibility, will cost $75,000. We hope you, dear friend, also see the value of our musical heritage and are willing to participate in this Pipe Organ and Sacred Music campaign.
We are inviting you to adopt an organ pipe. There are a total of 971 pipes. A donation of $75 for each pipe could help us meet our goal. You are welcome to adopt as many organ pipes as you are willing and able. However, all donations - no matter the size, are greatly appreciated and will help us reach our goal.
On behalf of the Sisters, thank you for your commitment to the Congregation and we look forward to your continued support.